Bulwer-Lytton Contest

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Post by jollyrogered » August 15th, 2012, 7:31 am

As we mostly seem to be Bulwer-Lytton fans here I thought I should let everyone know that the Bulwer-Lytton Contest has announced its 2012 Bad First Sentence winners.

There are some doozies here!


And in honor of BL's public domain works (which can be found here on Librivox, naturally), is the original sentence that started it all
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
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Post by Cori » August 15th, 2012, 7:45 am

My favourite is right towards the end in the Miscellaneous Dishonourable Mentions section....
Ronald left this world as he entered it: on a frigid winter night, amid frantic screams and blood-soaked linens, while relatives stood nearby and muttered furious promises to find and punish the man responsible. — Rebecca Oas, Atlanta, GA
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Post by bobgon55 » August 15th, 2012, 7:47 am

Incredible! Thanks for posting!

My favorite so far:

She slinked through my door wearing a dress that looked like it had been painted on … not with good paint, like Behr or Sherwin-Williams, but with that watered-down stuff that bubbles up right away if you don’t prime the surface before you slap it on, and – just like that cheap paint – the dress needed two more coats to cover her. — Sue Fondrie, Appleton, WI
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Post by kayray » August 19th, 2012, 10:32 am

Her fixed gaze at dinner reminded him so much of an owl that he found himself wondering when she would regurgitate her meal into a pellet and told the waitress they didn’t need a dessert menu.

Back before there was an internet, they used to publish these in books. We'd give them to my dad for Christmas and he'd read them aloud to us, while we howled with laughter. :)
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